“Without mental health, there can be no true physical health”
-Dr. Brock Chisholm, 1954
Community - Provide the adaptive community with physical fitness
Understanding - Better grasp and overcome individual limitations
Schedule - Maintain a regular schedule
Pain Management - Manage physical and mental pain through muscle growth and mental exertion
*CUSP - a point of transition. -Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Scale and adapt movements to maximize individual growth
Develop core strength then progress to extremities
Learn core weightlifting movements (Deadlift, Cleans, Jerks and Squats)
Build cardiovascular endurance through use of equipment and movement tailored to the individual
Increase independence with boosted self confidence
Alleviate stress and anxiety
Increase physical health
Decrease unhealthy dependencies
Help develop healthy coping skills
-Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
-Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
-Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
PTSD and Civilians
-About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
-About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
-About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%).
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Veterans
-More than 2 of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have SUD.
-War Veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers. Binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma.
-Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD.
-The number of Veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10).
-In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
Casey Hromada is a former Marine and has seen the effects of war with many of his buddies who gave for their country. He is the pioneer of CFK's Adaptive Athlete program and is a certified CrossFit trainer.